DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET – 1960 Essen, Grugahalle

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DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET 1960 Essen, Grugahalle


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with Paul Desmond · Gene Wright & Joe Morello 1960 Essen, Grugahalle

The band that would go down in history as the “classic Brubeck Quartet”: Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Gene Wright, Joe Morello, was formed in 1958, two years before the Essen show (once the rhythm section had been changed). The group knew how to unite intellectual with commercial success and quickly became the house band of the universities and colleges. This helped give the pianist the image of an academic. The use of counterpoint and the occasional twelve-note also played a part: it is he who brings jazz to educational establishments – in the beginning hardly for missionary reasons.

The programme of the second festival on the 2nd and 3rd of April, 1960, was star-studded: the Michael Naura Quintet, Helen Merrill, the Coleman Hawkins Quartet, the Oscar Pettiford Trio, Quincy Jones and his Orchestra, Maxim Saury and his New Orleans sound, Peanuts Holland, Champion Jack Dupree , Stephane Grappelli, Muggsy Spanier and the Dutch Swing College Band.
The euphoria, which greeted the pianist (the secret star of the band, the soulful Paul Desmond), was especially big in Germany – and the recording in Essen documents this impressively: More than 12, 000 visitors in the huge Grugahalle went crazy.

Release Date: 01.10.2013

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